pc10 Sexual Purity

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Roman 1:23-24 And changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image made like to
corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted
beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God
The Biblical Model
1Cor 7:3-5 Let the husband render unto the wife
due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto
the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own
body, but the husband: and likewise also the
husband hath not power of his own body, but the
wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be
with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves
to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that
Satan tempt you not for your incontinency (not have
sex).
We can say that no alternative of God’s plan (one
man with one woman which marry until death do
they part) is acceptable. All the alternatives are
going to have problems because they are not
what God wants. God recognizes the sexual
necessity of every human being. God made this
part of their being. God is not ignorant of this, nor
is he without interest that we enjoy this part of life.
God has made the sexual desire as part of
reproduction. We need to clarify here, that sex is
not sin. Heb 13:4 “Marriage is honourable in all,
and the bed (sex) undefiled”. Only sex outside of
what God permits, God’s plan, is sin.
1Thess 4:3-5, 7-8 For this is the will of God, even
your sanctification, that ye should abstain from
fornication: 4 That every one of you should know
how to possess his vessel in sanctification and
honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as
the Gentiles which know not God 7 For God hath
not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man,
but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
God sees that part of holiness is cleanness and
spiritual purity that comes from keeping ourselves
sexually pure, and from keeping our minds ceane.
In this passage, the word “vessel” is sometimes
translated “wife”, and in other versions “body”.
The idea is in relation to his sexual being. It is
important that the Christian learns and strives
excessively to keep himself sexually pure from
sins and desires. When someone refuses to
honor God and to give him the supreme place in
his life, then he will allow other things to take the
place of God (which is idolatry).
also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of
their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies
between themselves:
God always gives them up to be prisoners of their
own sinful lusts (strong desire and passions)
when they do not exalt God. They reject the
sovereignty of God by seeking what is pleasant
to them instead of what is pleasant to God (His
will) and this is always idolatry.
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves
mankind… shall inherit the kingdom of God.
God identifies these groups of sins as idolatry, in
other words, they put such importance on these
things that the person takes God in a lesser
importance. He specifically mentions the sin of
fornication (sexual sins in general), the men who
act like women (effeminate2), and men who have
sex with other men (homosexuality). Lesbianism
is condemned in Rom. 1:26. All these are in the
same class of being types of idolatry, which block,
prevent, or are chosen instead of salvation.
1Cor 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man
doeth is without the body; but he that committeth
fornication sinneth against his own body.
Homosexuality and Prostitution
In the Bible, the word “sodomite” is qadesh, a
masculine prostitute in a temple. Some would
propose that this is not the sin of sex one man
with another, but the being of a priest in a pagan
temple. Actually the word describes the character
of such priests, which are people that dedicate
their lives to sex as their god (their life rotates
around sex). Here we see female and male
prostitutes as being the same thing, as people
who live of sex (it is their pleasure), it really
doesn’t matter with whom they have sex. We
need to understand that sex becomes idolatry in
our lives when it is the most important thing, and
we make everything in our lives to rotate around
sex, then we have left off worshipping the true
God. There is a very strong relationship between
the worship of sex (so prevalent in our day) and
idolatry1 as God sees it. The sodomites and
prostitutes were condemned to death (Deu 23:17)
because of the gravity of this sin in the eyes of
God. The point is not that the prostitutes and
homosexuals worshipped a pagan god, but rather
that their worship of sex is the pagan god in itself,
irrespective of their beliefs.
1Cor 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall
not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
1
2 Kings 23:7 “houses of sodomites” (connecting
Sodomy with idolatry.
with
Sexual sins are very dangerous sins against the
body, which cause such a strong physical feeling
that they become a physical addition that is very
difficult to conqueror. This should cause us to be
doubly careful. The Bible clearly condemns all
types of sex which is contrary to what God has
established. These sins are incest3 (sex between
relatives), sex with animals4, sex with people of
the same sex (homosexuals5 and lesbians6), sex
outside of your own marriage (adultery), etc. All
these are captured in the concept of “fornication.”
“Adultery” is a specific case of sex with some
other than your own spouse.
Rom 1:27-28 And likewise also the men, leaving
the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust
2
It is an abomination when a man dresses or appears as
woman, when he is “effeminate”,
Deu 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a
man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do
so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
3
Lev 20:11-12, 17, 19-21; Deu 22:30; 27:20, 22-23;
Eze 22:11.
4
Exo 22:19; Lev 18:23; 20:16.
5
Genesis 19:4; Judges 19:22; 1Tim 1:10
It is an abomination:: 1Kings 14:24. Lev. 18:22 “thou shalt not lie
with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination”. Lev 20:13
“If a man lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them
have committed an abomination.”
6
Romans 1:26 “their women did change the natural use
into that which is against nature”.
one toward another; men with men working that
which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that
recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And
even as they did not like to retain God in their
knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate
mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
The sin that Paul has in mind is clearly men with
men, as if they were having sex with a woman.
Nudity and the Mind
Because of the perversity of our day, we have
come to view complete nudity as an accepted
thing. Actually God condemns this and even
condemns nudity when the person has underwear
on. In Latin, the word for a loose outer garment is
“nudus”, and the removal of it as “nudity”. Thus
we understand Mark 14:52 and John 21:7 as not
being total nudity but nonetheless nudity in God’s
sight. God has commanded that each have their
spouse (a moral and civil obligation), and we are
not to have intimate relations with other people.
Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why
then should I think upon a maid?
Job understood that sexual sin begins with the
sight, and the seeing before desiring. Job made a
covenant with himself, a commitment that he
would not look on young women to desire them or
to let his imagination run wild with them even their
image or in his thoughts. Equally Jesus taught us
in Mat. 5:28 that even thinking sinful thoughts
without doing them is as sinful as actually doing
them. This is an amplification of Exo 20:17 “Thou
shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife”. David saw
before taking (2Sam 11:2). Pro. 6:25 warns us of
coveting alter the beauty of a woman, and neither
should we be captured by (or through) the eyes
(sight).
Self-Stimulation
The stimulation of ones own genitals is also a
spiritual problem even though it is not directly
mentioned in the Scriptures. Perhaps we should
see this as an exaltation of ones sexual feelings
over all else (the same as sodomites and
prostitutes). When sex becomes an obsession in
one’s life, we have let our carnal body order our
life for us and set our priorities. God has given us
a manner in which we can release this drive
(through marriage), and sexual impurity is not it.
God has given us marriage for life, but we have
ignored and destroyed it so we suffer.
Resisting the Temptation
2Tim 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow
righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that
call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
The spiritual battle is to not enter into sin,
especially fornication (1Cor 6:13 “the body is not
for fornication”). It is being firm in your heart,
“having no necessity, but hath power over his own
will” (1Cor 7:37).
Fasting is to teach us that the body does not
control over us, and this is exactly what is
necessary for people with this problem. This sin is
pinned to the thoughts, “for as he thinketh in his
heart, so is he” Pro 23:7. “I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me” Phil 4:13.
Col. 3:5-7 Mortify therefore your members which
are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness,
inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things'
sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some
time, when ye lived in them.
Sexual Purity
By David Cox
[PC10] v1 ©2008 www.coxtracts.com
This tract can be freely copied for non-profit use.
It is not an impossible fight!
1Pet 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers
and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war
against the soul;
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and
the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the
one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that
ye would.
With the increase of pornography and the
constant lowering of standards, sexual temptation
has become one of the principle problems for
Christians. It is a spiritual fight so intense that
almost every Christian has it. This fight is not
impossible to win, but it is very difficult.
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